Unboxing and first impressions
I received my December Birchbox really early this month which was a happy surprise! I chose the curated box because I really wanted to try the LOC Liquid Shadow, Marcelle Mascara, and Whish Primer. I haven’t been too impressed with the sample choice options recently (mostly because I’ve already tried many of them), so this is the second month in a row I’ve chosen the curated box. I believe everyone received this eyelash curler as well which is a useful gift!
Look at this pigment! I’m newly obsessed with the LOC Liquid Shimmer Shadow in Stardust. It’s a perfect champagne color that’s shimmery without being chunky or glittery. I wore this for almost 10 hours yesterday and it didn’t crease at all, but it easily washed off at the end of the night. I’m definitely looking into the other colors.
Next up is the Marcelle Ultimate Volume Nano Mascara. The brush is teeny tiny with short bristles, so I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but it does give serious volume! Unfortunately, after one coat it’s super clumpy and you can’t comb it out because the bristles are too short. I’ve only tested it once, so I’m going to give it another go. I do love it for the bottom lashes so far though.
I tested out the Whish Botanical Primer this week as well. I love that it feels like a gel moisturizer, but it also blurs pores thanks to dimethicone. If you generally hate that silicone feel, you might want to try this because it doesn’t pill. The rest of the ingredients include natural hydrators like argan oil, which is perfect for the dry weather we’ve been experiencing here in New York. I don’t really wear foundation, so I generally don’t get excited about primers, but this one is great!
I’ve tried the NuFace Prep-N-Glow cloths before and was happy to receive two more in this box. They’re great for quickly removing makeup, light exfoliation, and adding some moisture with hyaluronic acid. I’ll definitely be using them during my trip to Chicago next week.
The only item I haven’t tried is the Aveda Thickening Tonic which is supposed to plump strands without leaving a gritty residue. I love that it’s 97% naturally derived, but the scent is strong and almost minty. Certain scents tend to give me a headache, so I want to try this for the thickening effect, but I’m a little nervous.
I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for five years and I still look forward to my box every month. I love that there are customizable options and enjoy the discovery aspect as there are always new brands to try. I also haven’t received a repeat sample yet (unless I chose to because I loved it so much!), so I highly recommend this subscription. You can sign up here if you’d like!
What did you get in your December Birchbox? Do you like being surprised or choose the curated box so you know what’s coming?